Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Monty Python and the Holy Grail


Monty Python's first movie, parodying the legend of King Arthur's quest to find the Holy Grail. Immortal are the Knights who say Ni!... More

"They couldn't afford horses so they simply pretended to be riding them to the sound of coconut shells they tapped together. The locations, in the remote Scottish Highlands, while beautiful, were rugged in the extreme, and the cast endured almost perpetual rain. It was enough to persuade Graham Chapman, who was playing King Arthur, to give up the demon drink. The sufferings were well worth it, and the Pythons delivered a classic comedy.

"Immortal are the Knights who say Ni, the guard who doesn't hiccup but tries to get things straight, the killer bunny rabbit, the extraordinarily rude Frenchman, the Bridge of Death over the Gorge of Eternal Peril, the Black Beast of Aarrgghh, and the three-headed knight. But what is best remembered is the duel fought with the brave Black Knight whose limbs are lopped off one by one. Even then he is still indomitable, and as a still-upright torso he calls after his victor "Come back here... I'll bite your legs off." (Source: BBC)Hide

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  • There's something about feature films that brings out the best in the Pythons. The occasional indulgence of the TV series is replaced by a more focused approach which wrings every conceivable joke out of a given subject. Full Review

  • A marvelously particular kind of lunatic endeavor. Full Review

  • The extravagantly gruesome fight scenes, including one which ends with a man having all four limbs severed, will get laughs from some and make others squirm. Full Review

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